Crypto Coin Emission: Understanding Supply Dynamics

Emission is the rate at which new coins are produced and issued.

What is Emission?

Emission is how fast new cryptocurrencies are released. For example, a new block is added to the bitcoin blockchain every 10 minutes.

When the cryptocurrency first launched, miners received a reward of 50 BTC for each confirmed block – meaning the rate of BTC issuance was about 7,200 per day. A series of halving events have occurred over the past few years, meaning that the number of new Bitcoins coming into the ecosystem has decreased significantly.

Issuance is not guaranteed to last forever and in the case of Bitcoin the last BTC will be mined in 2140 as Bitcoin has a maximum supply of 21 million and has a set release schedule.

For some cryptocurrencies, there is no set issuance schedule, meaning new units can be created on demand. An example is the Tether stabelcoin, which is created whenever someone puts $1 in reserve.

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